Looking for theatre that is relevant, diverse, original, and engaging? We bring you stories that will captivate and art that will inspire. Our season is carefully curated to explore the craftsmanship of theatre while capturing the spirit of fringing.
And, since fringing is for everyone, we reserve 25% of the seats at every performance in our season for our Pay What You Will program.
Fringe Theatre is committed to helping artists grow their ideas from conception into full production. Learn more about our Spotlight Program.
Jack and the Beanstalk
October 12 – 17, 2017
Jack lives with his Mother on a fledgling bean farm and fills his day with imaginary tales of fantastic adventures to combat the despair and boredom. However one day, forced to trade their beloved family cow for food, Jack meets a mysterious merchant on the way to market and is whisked away on an epic journey of his own!
Jack dangles from a monstrous beanstalk miles from the ground, discovers the vast riches of an enormous castle above the clouds and befriends a most unusual individual: A Giant! But when Jack steals the Giant’s most prized possession, a beautiful singing harp, he’s faced with a difficult choice that tests the extent of his courage.Buy Tickets
Over Her Dead Body
Small Matters Productions/Fringe Theatre
November 28 - December 9, 2017
When a no-nonsense, middle-aged daughter returns home for her offbeat mother’s funeral, she finds herself at an unexpected wake. Nostalgia and reality collide in this physical comedy about the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, and the soothing power of a nice cup of tea.
Over Her Dead Body is told in the silent storytelling tradition of Buster Keaton and Mr. Bean. A world première from Small Matters Productions, the company that brought you Edmonton International Fringe Festival hits Fools for Love, Sofa So Good, and Ask Aggie.Buy Tickets
December 12 - 17, 2017
“Reckoning was provocative, aesthetically rigorous and really moving. Its complexity was a large part of its grace and at the end, I stood, not just out of a wish to celebrate the work, but as well because it felt like the only thing to do.” – Sarah Garton Stanley, Artistic Associate at the National Arts Centre.
Directed and designed by ARTICLE 11 founding artists Tara Beagan (Ntlaka’pamux and Irish “Canadian”) and Andy Moro (Omushkego Cree / Mixed Euro), Reckoning is an ode to the irreconcilable. A triptych in sound, movement and video, Reckoning is an incendiary theatrical presentation of three separate experiences with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.What's On Now
Boots and Heels: A Cabaret Double-Header
Send in the Girls Burlesque/Man Up
January 18 – 28, 2018
They don’t write this much in history books, but the West? Darn darling, it was really won by the women…” Join the award-winning, sold out fringe favourites Send in the Girls Burlesque for their brand of satirical sass, gorgeous girl power and history loving heroics as they buckle up their britches for an evening that is highly theatrical, explosively musical and wickedly clever. Following in the footsteps of Tudor Queens: A Burlesque, A Brontë Burlesque and Shakespeare’s Sirens: A Burlesque Revue, Send in the Girls Burlesque’s new play Soiled Doves: A Burlesque with Boots On tells the little known stories of Mary Fields, Belle Star, Della Moore, Kitty Leroy, Ann Bassett – footnotes in the cowboy stories told by campfires, but legitimate thieves, outlaws, and even law-abidin’ citizens in their own rights.
Masculinity. Sexuality. Authenticity. Vulnerability. Nothing’s off limits when these men take back fashion’s most provocative footwear – the high heel. Featuring some of Alberta’s top boylesque performers, MAN UP! has achieved both critical and audience praise with their signature brand of theatre. Past productions include their five-star held-over self-titled debut, MAN UP!, BONDAGE: A Tribute to 007, SPICE BOYS, CIRQUE ELECTRIQUE, and MAN UP! has DADDY ISSUES. Now, in a production created exclusively for Boots and Heels, MAN UP! will take what it means to be a man to brand new heights.
The Chinook Series
Azimuth Theatre/Fringe Theatre/Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre
February 8 – 18, 2018
Chinook Series is Edmonton’s only international high performance arts festival showcasing some of the most acclaimed contemporary art taking place across Alberta, the nation, and worldwide. By bringing together dynamic, daring, and cutting edge artists, Chinook offers the best in theatre, dance, and performance art.
Brought to life by three of our city’s bravest producing companies – Azimuth Theatre, Fringe Theatre, and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, Chinook Series offers two hot weeks of cutting edge live performance.Find Out More
Tiny Bear Jaws/Fringe Theatre
March 27 – April 7, 2018
A new play by Elena Belyea developed as part of the ’15 MFA Playwrights’ Workshop presented by the National New Play Network and Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC. Winner of the ‘15 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition. Shortlisted for the ‘16 APN 50th Anniversary Alberta Playwriting Competition.
For 17-year old intersex Aaron, the new school year means a new chance at life. For Pina, another shot at head cheerleader. For Mark, open season. A stranger intersects with a family in exile from itself. Parents Paul and Carol struggle to keep secrets from their children, desperate to know the truth. Like a surgeon’s knife before a first incision, the scalpel is poised and ready to slice.Buy Tickets
Last Chance Leduc
May 8 – 20, 2018
A play by Katherine Koller, directed by Tracy Carroll. Winner, Grand Prize, Alberta Playwriting Competition, 2013. Finalist, Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, 2015.
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
August 16 - 26, 2018
With more than 1,600 performances, 42 venues, three outdoor stages, four patios, and 65 vendors, the Fringe Festival is the ultimate DIY Festival!What's On Now